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THE BOOK OF LIES 

WHICH IS ALSO FALSELY 
CALLED 



BREAKS 



LIBER CCCXXXIII 



.-. A.-. PUBLICATION IN CLASSES 
C AND D 

Official for Babes of the Abyss 
Imprimatur. 

N. 

Fra.\ A.-. A.-. 



LIBER CCCXXXIII 



THE BOOK OF LIES 

WHICH IS ALSO FALSELY 
CALLED 

BREAKS 

THE WANDERINGS OR FALSIFICA- 
TIONS OF THE ONE THOUGHT 

OF 

FRATER PERDURABO 

WHICH THOUGHT IS ITSELF 
UNTRUE 



" Break, break, break 

At the foot of thy stones, O Sea ! 
And I would that I could utter 

The thoughts that arise in me !" 



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KEOAAH H OYK ELTI KEOAAH 
O I 1 

The Ante Primal Triad which is 
NOT-GOD 

Nothing is. 
Nothing Becomes. 
Nothing is not. 

The First Triad which is GOD 
I AM. 
I utter The Word. 
I hear The Word. 

The Abyss 
The Word is broken up. 
There is Knowledge. 
Knowledge is Relation. 
These fragments are Creation. 
The broken manifests Light. 2 



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The Second Triad which is GOD 

GOD the Father and Mother is concealed in 

Generation. 
GOD is concealed in the whirling energy of 

Nature. 

GOD is manifest in gathering : harmony : con- 
sideration : the Mirror of the Sun and 
of the Heart. 

The Third Triad 

Bearing : preparing. 
Wavering : flowing : flashing. 
Stability : begetting. 

The Tenth Emanation 

The world. 



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KEOAAH A 



THE SABBATH OF THE GOAT 

O ! the heart of N.O.X. the Night of Pan. 
nAN : Duality : Energy : Death. 
Death : Begetting : the supporters of O ! 
To beget is to die ; to die is to beget. 
Cast the Seed into the Field of Night. 
Life and Death are two names of A. 
Kill thyself. 

Neither of these alone is enough. 



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KEOAAH B 

THE CRY OF THE HAWK 

Hoor hath a secret fourfold name : it is Do 

What Thou Wilt. 3 
Four Words : Naught — One — Many — All. 
Thou— Child ! 
Thy Name is holy. 
Thy Kingdom is come. 
Thy Will is done. 
Here is the Bread. 
Here is the Blood. 
Bring us through Temptation ! 
Deliver us from Good and Evil ! 
That Mine as Thine be the Crown of the 
Kingdom, even now. 

ABRAHADABRA. 
These ten words are four, the Name of the One. 



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KEOAAH r 



THE OYSTER 

The Brothers of A.'. A.', are one with the 
Mother of the Child. 4 

The Many is as adorable to the One as the 
One is to the Many. This is the Love of 
These ; creation-parturition is the Bliss of 
the One ; coition-dissolution is the Bliss of 
the Many. 

The All, thus interwoven of These, is Bliss. 
Naught is beyond Bliss. 

The Man delights in uniting with the Woman ; 

the Woman in parting from the Child. 
The Brothers of A. . A.', are Women : the 

Aspirants to A.'. A.', are Men. 



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KEOAAH B 
PEACHES 

Soft and hollow, how thou dost overcome the 

hard and full ! 
It dies, it gives itself ; to Thee is the fruit ! 
Be thou the Bride ; thou shalt be the Mother 

hereafter. 

To all impressions thus. Let them not over- 
come thee ; yet let them breed within thee. 
The least of the impressions, come to its 
perfection, is Pan. 

Receive a thousand lovers ; thou shalt bear 
but One Child. 

This child shall be the heir of Fate the Father. 



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KEOAAH E 
THE BATTLE OF THE ANTS 

That is not which is. 

The only Word is Silence. 

The only Meaning of that Word is not. 

Thoughts are false. 

Fatherhood is unity disguised as duality. 

Peace implies war. 

Power implies war. 

Harmony implies war. 

Victory implies war. 

Glory implies war. 

Foundation implies war. 

Alas ! for the Kingdom wherein all these are 
at war. 



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KEOAAH F 
CAVIAR 

The Word was uttered : the One exploded 
into one thousand million worlds. 
Each world contained a thousand million 
spheres. 

Each sphere contained a thousand million 
planes. 

Each plane contained a thousand million stars. 
Each star contained a many thousand million 
things. 

Of these the reasoner took six, and, preening, 

said : This is the One and the All. 
These six the Adept harmonised, and said : 

This is the Heart of the One and the All. 
These six were destroyed by the Master of the 

Temple ; and he spake not. 
The Ash thereof was burnt up by the Magus 

into The Word. 
Of all this did the Ipsissimus know Nothing. 



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KEOAAH Z 



THE DINOSAURS 

None are They whose number is Six : 5 else 

were they six indeed. 
Seven 6 are these Six that live not in the City 

of the Pyramids, under the Night of Pan. 
There was Lao-tzu. 
There was Siddartha. 
There was Krishna. 
There was Tahuti. 
There was Mosheh. 
There was Dionysus. 7 
There was Mahmud. 

But the Seventh men called PERDURABO ; 

for enduring unto The End, at The End was 

Naught to endure. 8 
Amen. 



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KEOAAH H 

STEEPED HORSEHAIR 

Mind is a disease of semen. 

All that a man is or may be is hidden therein. 

Bodily functions are parts of the machine ; 

silent, unless in dis-ease. 
But mind, never at ease, creaketh " 'I.' 
This I persisteth not, posteth not through 

generations, changeth momently, finally is 

dead. 

Therefore is man only himself when lost to 
himself in The Charioting. 



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KEOAAH 0 

THE BRANKS 

Being is the Noun ; Form is the Adjective. 
Matter is the Noun ; Motion is the Verb. 
Wherefore hath Being clothed itself with Form? 
Wherefore hath Matter manifested itself in 
Motion? 

Answer not, O silent one ! For THERE is 
no 'wherefore no ' because.' 

The name of THAT is not known ; the Pro- 
noun interprets, that is , misinterprets, It. 

Time and Space are Adverbs. 

Duality begat the Conjunction. 

The Conditioned is Father of the Preposition. 

The Article also marketh Division ; but the 
Interjection is the sound that endeth in the 
Silence. 

Destroy therefore the Eight Parts of Speech ; 

the Ninth is nigh unto Truth. 
This also must be destroyed before thou enterest 

into The Silence. 
Aum. 



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KEOAAH I 
WINDLESTRAWS 

The Abyss of Hallucinations has Law and 
Reason ; but in Truth there is no bond 
between the Toys of the Gods. 

This Reason and Law is the Bond of the Great 
Lie. 

Truth ! Truth ! Truth ! crieth the Lord of the 

Abyss of Hallucinations. 
There is no silence in that Abyss : for all that 

men call Silence is Its Speech. 
This Abyss is also called 'Hell,' and 'The 

Many.' Its name is ' Consciousness,' and 

' The Universe,' among men. 
But THAT which neither is silent, nor speaks, 

rejoices therein. 



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KEOAAH IA 
THE GLOW-WORM 

Concerning the Holy Three-in-Naught. 

Nuit, Hadit, Ra-Hoor-Khuit, are only to be 
understood by the Master of the Temple. 

They are above The Abyss, and contain all 
contradiction in themselves. 

Below them is a seeming duality of Chaos and 
Babalon ; these are called Father and Mother, 
but it is not so. They are called Brother and 
Sister, but it is not so. They are called 
Husband and Wife, but it is not so. 

The reflection of All is Pan : the Night of Pan 
is the Annihilation of the All. 

Cast down through The Abyss is the Light, 
the Rosy Cross, the rapture of Union that 
destroys, that is The Way. The Rosy Cross 
is the Ambassador of Pan. 

How infinite is the distance from This to That ! 
Yet All is Here and Now. Nor is there any 



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There or Then ; for all that is, what is it 
but a manifestation, that is, a part, that is, 
a falsehood, of THAT which is not? 

Yet THAT which is not neither is nor is not 
That which is ! 

Identity is perfect ; therefore the Law of 
Identity is but a lie. For there is no subject, 
and there is no predicate ; nor is there the 
contradictory of either of these things. 

Holy, Holy, Holy are these Truths that I 
utter, knowing them to be but falsehoods, 
broken mirrors, troubled waters ; hide me, 
O our Lady, in Thy Womb ! for I may not 
endure the rapture. 

In this utterance of falsehood upon falsehood, 
whose contradictories are also false, it seems 
as if That which I uttered not were true. 

Blessed, unutterably blessed, is this last of 
the illusions ; let me play the man, and thrust 
it from me ! Amen. 



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KEOAAH IB 

THE DRAGON-FLIES 

IO is the cry of the lower as OI of the higher. 
In figures they are 1001 ; 9 in letters they are 
Joy. 10 

For when all is equilibrated, when all is beheld 
from without all, there is joy, joy, joy that 
is but one facet of a diamond, every other 
facet whereof is more joyful than joy itself. 



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KEOAAH ir 
PILGRIM-TALK 

O thou that settest out upon The Path, false 
is the Phantom that thou seekest. When 
thou hast it thou shalt know all bitterness, 
thy teeth fixed in the Sodom- Apple. 

Thus hast thou been lured along That Path, 
whose terror else had driven thee far away. 

O thou that stridest upon the middle of The 
Path, no phantoms mock thee. For the 
stride's sake thou stridest. 

Thus art thou lured along That Path, whose 
fascination else had driven thee far away. 

O thou that drawest toward the End of The 
Path, effort is no more. Faster and faster 
dost thou fall ; thy weariness is changed 
into Ineffable Rest. 

For there is no Thou upon That Path : thou 
hast become The Way. 



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KEOAAH IA 

ONION-PEELINGS 

The Universe is the Practical Joke of the 
General at the Expense of the Particular, 
quoth FRATER PERDURABO, and 
laughed. 

But those disciples nearest to him wept, seeing 
the Universal Sorrow. 

Those next to them laughed, seeing the Uni- 
versal Joke. 

Below these certain disciples wept. 

Then certain laughed. 

Others next wept. 

Others next laughed. 

Next others wept. 

Next others laughed. 

Last came those that wept because they could 
not see the Joke, and those that laughed 
lest they should be thought not to see the 
Joke, and thought it safe to act like 
FRATER PERDURABO. 

But though FRATER PERDURABO laughed 
openly, He also at the same time wept 
secretly ; and in Himself He neither laughed 
nor wept. 

Nor did He mean what He said. 



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KEOAAH IE 
THE GUN-BARREL 

Mighty and erect is this Will of mine, this 
Pyramid of fire whose summit is lost in 
Heaven. Upon it have I burned the corpse 
of my desires. 

Mighty and erect is this OaAAoc, of my Will. 
The seed thereof is That which I have 
borne within me from Eternity ; and it is 
lost within the Body of Our Lady of the 
Stars. 

I am not I ; I am but an hollow tube to bring 

down Fire from Heaven. 
Mighty and marvellous is this Weakness, this 

Heaven which draweth me into Her Womb, 

this Dome which hideth, which absorbeth, 

Me. 

This is The Night wherein I am lost, the Love 
through which I am no longer I. 



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KEOAAH IS 
THE STAG-BEETLE 

Death implies change and individuality if 
thou be THAT which hath no person, which 
is beyond the changing, even beyond change- 
lessness, what hast thou to do with death? 

The bird of individuality is ecstasy ; so also 
is its death. 

In love the individuality is slain ; who loves 
not love? 

Love death therefore, and long eagerly for it. 
Die Daily. 



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KE<t>AAH IZ 
THE SWAN n 

There is a Swan whose name is Ecstasy : it 
wingeth from the Deserts of the North ; it 
wingeth through the blue ; it wingeth over 
the fields of rice ; at its coming they push 
forth the green. 

In all the Universe this Swan alone is motion- 
less ; it seems to move, as the Sun seems to 
move ; such is the weakness of our sight. 

Ofool ! criest thou? 

Amen. Motion is relative : there is Nothing 
that is still. 

Against this Swan I shot an arrow ; the white 

breast poured forth blood. Men smote me ; 

then, perceiving that I was but a Pure Fool, 

they let me pass. 
Thus and not otherwise I came to the Temple 

of the Graal. 



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KE<t>AAH IH 
DEWDROPS 

Verily, love is death, and death is life to come. 

Man returneth not again ; the stream floweth 
not uphill ; the old life is no more ; there is 
a new life that is not his. 

Yet that life is of his very essence ; it is more 
He than all that he calls He. 

In the silence of a dewdrop is every tendency 
of his soul, and of his mind, and of his 
body ; it is the Quintessence and the Elixir 
of his being. Therein are the forces that 
made him and his father and his father's 
father before him. 

This is the Dew of Immortality. 

Let this go free, even as It will ; thou art not 
its master, but the vehicle of It. 



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KEOAAH 10 
THE LEOPARD AND THE DEER 

The spots of the leopard are the sunlight in 

the glade ; pursue thou the deer stealthily 

at thy pleasure. 
The dappling of the deer is the sunlight in 

the glade ; concealed from the leopard do 

thou feed at thy pleasure. 
Resemble all that surroundeth thee ; yet be 

Thyself — and take thy pleasure among the 

living. 

This is that which is written — Lurk ! — in The 
Book of The Law. 



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KEOAAH K 
SAMSON 

The Universe is in equilibrium ; therefore He 
that is without it, though his force be but a 
feather, can overturn the Universe. 

Be not caught within that web, O child of 
Freedom ! Be not entangled in the universal 
lie, O child of Truth ! 



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KEOAAH KA 

THE BLIND WEBSTER 

It is not necessary to understand : it is enough 
to adore. 

The god may be of clay : adore him ; he be- 
comes GOD. 

We ignore what created us ; we adore what 
we create. Let us create nothing but GOD ! 

That which causes us to create is our true 
father and mother ; we create in our own 
image, which is theirs. 

Let us create therefore without fear ; for we 
can create nothing that is not GOD. 



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KEOAAH KB 



THE DESPOT 

The waiters of the best eating-houses mock 
the whole world ; they estimate every client 
at his proper value. 

This I know certainly, because they always 
treat me with profound respect. Thus they 
have flattered me into praising them thus 
publicly. 

Yet it is true ; and they have this insight be- 
cause they serve, and because they can have 
no personal interest in the affairs of those 
whom they serve. 

An absolute monarch would be absolutely 
wise and good. 

But no man is strong enough to have no 
interest. Therefore the best king would be 
Pure Chance. 

It is Pure Chance that rules the Universe ; 
therefore, and only therefore, life is good. 



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KEOAAH KT (23) 

SKIDOO 

What man is at ease in his Inn? 
Get out. 

Wide is the world and cold. 
Get out. 

Thou hast become an in-itiate. 
Get out. 

But thou canst not get out by the way thou 

earnest in. The Way out is THE WAY. 
Get out. 

For OUT is Love and Wisdom and Power. 12 
Get OUT. 

If thou hast T already, first get UT." 
Then get O. 

And so at last get OUT. 



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KEOAAH KA 
THE HAWK AND THE BLINDWORM 

This book would translate Beyond-Reason 

into the words of Reason. 
Explain thou snow to them of Andaman. 
The slaves of reason call this book Abuse-of- 

Language : they are right. 
Language was made for men to eat and drink, 

make love, do barter, die. The wealth of 

a language consists in its Abstracts ; the 

poorest tongues have wealth of Concretes. 
Therefore have Adepts praised silence ; at 

least it does not mislead as speech does. 
Also, Speech is a symptom of Thought. 
Yet, silence is but the negative side of Truth ; 

the positive side is beyond even silence. 
Nevertheless, One True God crieth hriliu ! 

And the laughter of the Death-rattle is akin. 



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KEOAAH KE 

THE STAR RUBY 

Facing East, in the centre, draw deep deep 
deep thy breath, closing thy mouth with 
thy right forefinger prest against thy lower 
lip. Then dashing down the hand with a 
great sweep back and out, expelling forcibly 
thy breath, cry : AIIO I1ANTOC KAKOAAI- 
MONOC. 

With the same forefinger touch thy forehead, and 
say COI, thy member, and say Q<t>AAAE, 14 
thy right shoulder, and say ICXYPOC, thy 
left shoulder, and say EYXAPICTOC ; then 
clasp thine hands, locking the fingers, and 
cry IAQ. 

Advance to the East. Imagine strongly a 
Pentagram, aright, in thy forehead. Draw- 
ing the hands to the eyes, fling it forth, 
making the sign of Horus, and roar XAOC. 
Retire thine hand in the sign of Hoor pa 
kraat. 



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Go round to the North and repeat ; but scream 
BABAAON. 

Go round to the West and repeat ; but say 
EPQC. 

Go round to the South and repeat ; but bellow 
WXH. 

Completing the circle widdershins, retire to 
the centre, and raise thy voice in the Paian, 
with these words IO I1AN with the signs of 
N. O. X. 

Extend the arms in the form of a Tau, and 
say low but clear : IIPO MOY IYITEC 
OniCQ MOY TEAETAPXAI EIII AEHIA 
CYNOXEC EI1APICTEPA AAIMONEC 
<J>AErEI TAP IIEPI MOY O ACTHP TQN 
IIENTE KAI EN THI CTHAHI O ACTHP 
TQN EH ECTHKE. 

Repeat the Cross Qabalistic, as above, and 
end as thou didst begin. 



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KEOAAH KF 
THE ELEPHANT AND THE TORTOISE 

The Absolute and the Conditioned together 

make The One Absolute. 
The Second, who is the Fourth, the Demiurge, 

whom all nations of Men call The First, is 

a lie grafted upon a lie, a lie multiplied by a 

lie. 

Fourfold is He, the Elephant upon whom the 
Universe is poised : but the carapace of the 
Tortoise supports and covers all. 
This Tortoise is sixfold, the Holy Hexagram. 15 
These six and four are ten, 10, the One mani- 
fested that returns into the Naught un- 
manifest. 

The All-Mighty, the All-Ruler, the All- 
Knower, the All-Father, adored by all men 
and by me abhorred, be thou accursed, be 
thou abolished, be thou annihilated, Amen ! 



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KEOAAH KZ 
THE SORCERER 

A Sorcerer by the power of his magick had 

subdued all things to himself. 
Would he travel? He could fly through space 

more swiftly than the stars. 
Would he eat, drink, and take his pleasure? 

There was none that did not instantly obey 

his bidding. 
In the whole system of ten million times ten 

million spheres upon the two and twenty 

million planes he had his desire. 
And with all this he was but himself. 
Alas ! 



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KEOAAH KH 
THE POLE-STAR 

Love is all virtue, since the pleasure of love is 
but love, and the pain of love is but love. 

Love taketh no heed of that which is not and 
of that which is. 

Absence exalteth love, and presence exalteth 
love. 

Love moveth ever from height to height of 

ecstasy and faileth never. 
The wings of love droop not with time, nor 

slacken for life or for death. 
Love destroyeth self, uniting self with that 

which is not-self, so that Love breedeth All 

and None in One. 
Is it not so? . . . No? . . . 

Then thou art not lost in love ; speak not of 
love. 

Love Alway Yieldeth : Love Alway Hardeneth. 

May be : I write it but to write 

Her name. 



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KEOAAH K0 
THE SOUTHERN CROSS 

Love, I love you ! Night, night, cover us ! 

Thou art night, O my love : and there are no 

stars but thine eyes. 
Dark night, sweet night, so warm and yet so 

fresh, so scented yet so holy, cover me, 

cover me ! 

Let me be no more ! Let me be Thine ; 

let me be Thou ; let me be neither Thou nor I ; 

let there be love in night and night in love. 
N. O. X. the night of Pan ; and Laylah, the 

night before His threshold ! 



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KEOAAH A 
JOHN-A-DREAMS 

Dreams are imperfections of sleep ; even so is 
consciousness the imperfection of waking. 

Dreams are impurities in the circulation of the 
blood ; even so is consciousness a disorder 
of life. 

Dreams are without proportion, without good 
sense, without truth ; so also is conscious- 
ness. 

Awake from dream, the truth is known : 16 
awake from waking, the Truth is — The 
Unknown. 



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KEOAAH AA 
THE GAROTTE 

IT moves from motion into rest, and rests 
from rest into motion. These IT does 
alway, for time is not. So that IT does 
neither of these things. IT does THAT 
one thing which we must express by two 
things neither of which possesses any 
rational meaning. 

Yet ITS doing, which is no-doing, is simple and 
yet complex, is neither free nor necessary. 

For all these ideas express Relation ; and IT, 
comprehending all Relation in ITS sim- 
plicity, is out of all Relation even with 
ITSELF. 

All this is true and false ; and it is true and 
false to say that it is true and false. 

Strain forth thine Intelligence, O man, O 
worthy one, O chosen of IT, to apprehend 
the discourse of THE MASTER ; for thus 
thy reason shall at last break down, as the 
fetter is struck from a slave's throat. 



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KEOAAH AB 
THE MOUNTAINEER 

Consciousness is a symptom of disease. 

All that moves well moves without will. 

All skillfulness, all strain, all intention is con- 
trary to ease. 

Practise a thousand times, and it becomes 
difficult ; a thousand thousand, and it be- 
comes easy ; a thousand thousand times a 
thousand thousand, and it is no longer Thou 
that doeth it, but It that doeth itself through 
thee. Not until then is that which is done 
well done. 

Thus spoke FRATER PERDURABO as he 
leapt from rock to rock of the moraine 
without ever casting his eyes upon the 
ground. 



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KEOAAH Ar 

BAPHOMET 

A black two-headed Eagle is GOD ; even a 
Black Triangle is He. In His claws He 
beareth a sword ; yea, a sharp sword is held 
therein. 

This Eagle is burnt up in the Great Fire ; yet 
not a feather is scorched. This Eagle is 
swallowed up in the Great Sea ; yet not a 
feather is wetted. So flieth He in the air, 
and lighteth upon the earth at His pleasure. 

So spake IACOBUS BURGUNDUS MO- 
LENSIS 17 the Grand Master of the Temple ; 
and of the GOD that is Ass-headed did he 
dare not speak. 



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KEOAAH AA 

THE SMOKING DOG 18 

Each act of man is the twist and double of an 
hare. 

Love and death are the greyhounds that course 
him. 

God bred the hounds and taketh His pleasure 

in the sport. 
This is the Comedy of Pan, that man should 

think he hunteth, while those hounds hunt 

him. 

This is the Tragedy of Man when facing Love 

and Death he turns to bay. He is no more 

hare, but boar. 
There are no other comedies or tragedies. 
Cease then to be the mockery of God ; in 

savagery of love and death live thou and die ! 
Thus shall His laughter be thrilled through 

with Ecstasy. 



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KEOAAH AE 

VENUS OF MILO 

Life is as ugly and necessary as the female 
body. 

Death is as beautiful and necessary as the 
male body. 

The soul is beyond male and female as it is 
beyond Life and Death. 

Even as the Lingam and the Yoni are but 
diverse developments of One Organ, so also 
are Life and Death but two phases of One 
State. So also the Absolute and the Con- 
ditioned are but forms of THAT. 

What do I love? There is no form, no being, 
to which I do not give myself wholly up. 

Take me, who will ! 



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KEOAAH AS 
THE STAR SAPPHIRE 

Let the Adept be armed with his Magick 

Rood [and provided with his Mystic Rose] . 
In the centre, let him give the L. V. X. signs ; 

or if he know them, if he will and dare do 

them, and can keep silent about them, the 

signs of N. O. X. being the signs of Puer, 

Vir, Puella, Mulier. Omit the sign I. R. 
Then let him advance to the East, and make 

the Holy Hexagram, saying : PATER ET 

MATER UNIS DEUS ARARITA. 
Let him go round to the South, make the 

Holy Hexagram, and say : MATER ET 

FILIUS UNUS DEUS ARARITA. 
Let him go round to the West, make the Holy 

Hexagram, and say : FILIUS ET FILIA 

UNUS DEUS ARARITA. 
Let him go round to the North, make the 

Holy Hexagram, and then say : FILIA ET 

PATER UNUS DEUS ARARITA. 



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Let him then return to the Centre, and so to 
The Centre of All [making the ROSY 
CROSS as he may know how] saying : 
ARARITA ARARITA ARARITA. 

[In this the Signs shall be those of Set Trium- 
phant and of Baphomet. Also shall Set 
appear in the Circle. Let him drink of the 
Sacrament and let him communicate the 
same.] 

Then let him say : OMNIA IN DUOS : DUO 
IN UNUM : UNUS IN NIHIL : HAEC 
NEC QUATUOR NEC OMNIA NEC 
DUO NEC UNUS NEC NIHIL SUNT. 

GLORIA PATRI ET MATRI ET FILIO 
ET FILIAE ET SPIRITUI SANCTO 
EXTERNO ET SPIRITUI SANCTO 
INTERNO UT ERAT EST ERIT IN 
SAECULA SAECULORUM SEX IN 
UNO PER NOMEN SEPTEM IN UNO 
ARARITA. 

Let him then repeat the signs of L. V. X. but 
not the signs of N.O.X. ; for it is not he 
that shall arise in the Sign of Isis Rejoicing. 



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KEOAAH AZ 
DRAGONS 

Thought is the shadow of the eclipse of Luna. 

Samadhi is the shadow of the eclipse of Sol. 

The moon and the earth are the non-ego and 
the ego : the Sun is THAT. 

Both eclipses are darkness ; both are exceed- 
ing rare ; the Universe itself is Light. 



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KEOAAH AH 
LAMBSKIN 

Cowan, skidoo ! 
Tyle ! 

Swear to hele all. 
This is the mystery. 
Life ! 

Mind is the traitor. 
Slay mind. 

Let the corpse of mind lie unburied on the 

edge of the Great Sea ! 
Death ! 

This is the mystery. 
Tyle ! 

Cowan, skidoo ! 



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KEOAAH A0 
THE LOOBY 

Only loobies find excellence in these words. 

It is thinkable that A is not-A ; to reverse 
this is but to revert to the normal. 

Yet by forcing the brain to accept propositions 
of which one set is absurdity, the other truism, 
a new function of brain is established. 

Vague and mysterious and all indefinite are 
the contents of this new consciousness ; yet 
they are somehow vital, by use they be- 
come luminous. 

Unreason becomes Experience. 

This lifts the leaden-footed soul to the Ex- 
perience of THAT of which Reason is the 
blasphemy. 

But without the Experience these words are 

the Lies of a Looby. 
Yet a Looby to thee, and a Booby to me, a 

Balassius Ruby to GOD, may be ! 



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KEOAAH M 



THE HIMOG 19 

A red rose absorbs all colours but red ; red is 
therefore the one colour that it is not. 

This Law, Reason, Time, Space, all Limita- 
tion blinds us to the Truth. 

All that we know of Man, Nature, God, is 
just that which they are not ; it is that which 
they throw off as repungnant. 

The HIMOG is only visible insofar as He is 
imperfect. 

Then are they all glorious who seem not to be 
glorious, as the HIMOG is All-glorious 
Within? 

It may be so. 

How then distinguish the inglorious and per- 
fect HIMOG from the inglorious man of 
earth? 

Distinguish not ! 

But thyself Ex-tinguish : HIMOG art thou, 
and HIMOG shalt thou be. 



51 



KEOAAH MA 
CORN BEEF HASH 20 

In V. V. V. V. V. is the Great Work perfect. 

Therefore none is that pertaineth not to 
V. V. V. V. V. 

In any may he manifest ; yet in one hath he 
chosen to manifest ; and this one hath given 
His ring as a Seal of Authority to the Work 
of the A.'. A.', through the colleagues of 
FRATER PERDURABO. 

But this concerns themselves and their ad- 
ministration ; it concerneth none below the 
grade of Exempt Adept, and such an one 
only by command. 

Also, since below the Abyss Reason is Lord, 
let men seek by experiment, and not by 
Questionings. 



52 



KEOAAH MB 

DUST-DEVILS 

In the wind of the mind arises the turbulence 21 
called I. 

It breaks ; down shower the barren thoughts. 
All life is choked. 

This desert is the Abyss wherein is the Uni- 
verse. The Stars are but thistles in that 
waste. 

Yet this desert is but one spot accursed in a 

world of bliss. 
Now and again Travellers cross the desert ; 

they come from the Great Sea, and to the 

Great Sea they go. 
As they go they spill water ; one day they will 

irrigate the desert, till it flower. 
See ! five footprints of a Camel ! V. V. V. V. V. 



53 



KEOAAH Mr 
MULBERRY TOPS 

Black blood upon the altar ! and the rustle of 

angel wings above ! 
Black blood of the sweet fruit, the bruised, 

the violated bloom — that setteth The Wheel 

a-spinning in the spire. 
Death is the veil of Life, and Life of Death ; 

for both are Gods. 
This is that which is written : " A feast for 

Life, and a greater feast for Death !" in THE 

BOOK OF THE LAW. 
The blood is the life of the individual : offer 

then blood ! 



54 



KEOAAH MA 



THE MASS OF THE PHOENIX 

The Magician, his breast bare, stands before an 
altar on which are his Burin, Bell, Thurible, 
and two of the Cakes of Light. In the Sign 
of the Enterer he reaches West across the 
Altar, and cries : 

Hail Ra, that goest in Thy bark 
Into the Caverns of the Dark ! 

He gives the sign of Silence, and takes the Bell, 
and Fire, in his hands. 

East of the Altar see me stand 

With Light and Musick in mine hand ! 

He strikes Eleven times upon the Bell 3 3 3 — 
5 5 5 5 5 — 3 3 3 and places the Fire in the 
Thurible. 

I strike the Bell : I light the flame : 
I utter the mysterious Name. 

ABRAHADABRA 



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He strikes Eleven times upon the Bell. 

Now I begin to pray : Thou Child, 
Holy Thy name and undefiled ! 
Thy reign is come : Thy will is done. 
Here is the Bread ; here is the Blood. 
Bring me through midnight to the Sun ! 
Save me from Evil and from Good ! 
That Thy one crown of all the Ten. 
Even now and here be mine. AMEN. 

He puts the first Cake on the Fire of the 
Thurible. 

I burn the Incense-cake, proclaim 
These adorations of Thy name. 

He makes them as in Liber Legis, and strikes 
again Eleven times upon the Bell. With the 
Burin he then makes upon his breast the 
proper sign. 

Behold this bleeding breast of mine 
Gashed with the sacramental sign ! 

He puts the second Cake to the wound. 

I stanch the blood ; the wafer soaks 
It up, and the high priest invokes ! 

He eats the second Cake. 

This Bread I eat. This Oath I swear 
As I enflame myself with prayer : 

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" There is no grace : there is no guilt : 
This is the Law : DO WHAT THOU WILT !" 

He strikes Eleven times upon the Bell, and 
cries ABRAHADABRA. 

I entered in with woe ; with mirth 
I now go forth, and with thanksgiving, 

To do my pleasure on the earth 
Among the legions of the living. 

He goeth forth. 



57 



KEOAAH ME 

CHINESE MUSIC 

" Explain this happening !" 

" It must have a ' natural ' cause.' 



| Let 



" It must have a ' supernatural ' cause." 

these two asses be set to grind corn. 
May, might, must, should, probably, may be, 

we may safely assume, ought, it is hardly 

questionable, almost certainly — poor hacks ! 

let them be turned out to grass ! 
Proof is only possible in mathematics, and 

mathematics is only a matter of arbitrary 

conventions. 
And yet doubt is a good servant but a bad 

master ; a perfect mistress, but a nagging 

wife. 

" White is white " is the lash of the overseer : 
" white is black " is the watchword of the 
slave. The Master takes no heed. 



58 



The Chinese cannot help thinking that the 

octave has 5 notes. 
The more necessary anything appears to my 

mind, the more certain it is that I only 

assert a limitation. 
I slept with Faith, and found a corpse in my 

arms on awaking ; I drank and danced all 

night with Doubt, and found her a virgin in 

the morning. 



59 



KEOAAH MF 
BUTTONS AND ROSETTES 

The cause of sorrow is the desire of the One 
to the Many, or of the Many to the One. 
This also is the cause of joy. 

But the desire of one to another is all of sorrow ; 
its birth is hunger, and its death satiety. 

The desire of the moth for the star at least 
saves him satiety. 

Hunger thou, O man, for the infinite : be in- 
satiable even for the finite ; thus at The End 
shalt thou devour the finite, and become the 
infinite. 

Be thou more greedy that the shark, more full 

of yearning than the wind among the pines. 
The weary pilgrim struggles on ; the satiated 

pilgrim stops. 
The road winds uphill : all law, all nature 

must be overcome. 
Do this by virtue of THAT in thyself before 

which law and nature are but shadows. 



60 



KEOAAH MZ 
WINDMILL-WORDS 



Asana gets rid of Anatomy-con- 
sciousness. | Involuntary 

Pranayama gets rid of Physiology- > 'Breaks' 
consciousness. j 

Yama and Niyama get rid of ~j Voluntary 
Ethical consciousness. j ' Breaks ' 

Pratyhara gets rid of the Objective. 

Dharana gets rid of the Subjective. 

Dhyana gets rid of the Ego. 

Samadhi gets rid of the Soul Impersonal. 

Asana destroys the static body (Nama). 
Pranayama destroys the dynamic body (Rupa). 
Yama destroys the emotions. ^ 
Niyama destroys the passions. J (Vedana). 
Dharana destroys the perceptions (Sanna). 
Dhyana destroys the tendencies (Sankhara). 
Samadhi destroys the consciousness (Vinnanam). 
Homard a la Thermidor destroys the digestion. 
The last of these facts is the one of which I 
am most certain. 



61 



KEOAAH MH 
MOME RATHS22 

The early bird catches the worm and the 
twelve-year old prostitute attracts the am- 
bassador. 

Neglect not the dawn-meditation ! 

The first plovers' eggs fetch the highest prices ; 
the flower of virginity is esteemed by the 
pandar. 

Neglect not the dawn-meditation ! 

Early to bed and early to rise 
Makes a man healthy and wealthy and wise : 
But late to watch and early to pray 
Brings him across The Abyss, they say. 
Neglect not the dawn-meditation ! 



62 



KEOAAH M0 



WARATAH-BLOSSOMS 

Seven are the veils of the dancing-girl in the 

harem of IT. 
Seven are the names, and seven are the lamps 

beside Her bed. 
Seven eunuchs guard Her with drawn swords ; 

No Man may come nigh unto Her. 
In Her wine-cup are seven streams of the 

blood of the Seven Spirits of God. 
Seven are the heads of THE BEAST whereon 

She rideth. 

The head of an Angel : the head of a Saint : 
the head of a Poet : the head of An Adulter- 
ous Woman : the head of a Man of Valour : 
the head of a Satyr : and the head of a Lion- 
Serpent. 



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Seven letters hath Her holiest name ; and it is 




This is the Seal upon the Ring that is on the 
Forefinger of IT : and it is the Seal upon 
the Tombs of them whom She hath slain. 

Here is Wisdom. Let Him that hath Under- 
standing count the Number of Our Lady ; 
for it is the Number of a Woman ; and Her 
Number is 

An Hundred and Fifty and Six. 



64 



KEOAAH N 

THE VIGIL OF ST. HUBERT 

In the forest God met the Stag-beetle. " Hold ! 
Worship me !" quoth God. " For I am All- 
Great, All-Good, All Wise 

The stars are but sparks from the forges of 
My smiths 



" Yea, verily and Amen," said the Stag-beetle, 
" all this do I believe, and that devoutly." 
" Then why do you not worship Me?" 
" Because I am real and you are only imaginary." 
But the leaves of the forest rustled with the 

laughter of the wind. 
Said Wind and Wood : " They neither of them 

know anything !" 



65 



KEOAAH NA 
TERRIER-WORK 

Doubt. 

Doubt thyself. 

Doubt even if thou doubtest thyself. 
Doubt all. 

Doubt even if thou doubtest all. 

It seems sometimes as if beneath all conscious 

doubt there lay some deepest certainty. 

O kill it ! Slay the snake ! 
The horn of the Doubt-Goat be exalted ! 
Dive deeper, ever deeper, into the Abyss of 

Mind, until thou unearth the fox THAT. 

On, hounds ! Yoicks ! Tally-ho ! Bring 

THAT to bay ! 
Then, wind the Mort ! 



66 



KEOAAH NB 

THE BULL-BAITING 

Fourscore and eleven books wrote I ; in each 
did I expound THE GREAT WORK fully, 
from The beginning even unto The End 
thereof. 

Then at last came certain men unto me, saying : 
O Master ! Expound thou THE GREAT 
WORK unto us, O Master ! 

And I held my peace. 

O generation of gossipers ! who shall deliver 
you from the Wrath that is fallen upon you? 

O Babblers, Prattlers, Talkers, Loquacious 
Ones, Tatlers, Chewers of the Red Rag 
that inflameth Apis the Redeemer to fury, 
learn first what is Work ! and THE GREAT 
WORK is not so far beyond ! 



67 



KEOAAH Nr 
THE DOWSER 

Once round the meadow. Brother, does the 

hazel twig dip? 
Twice round the orchard. Brother, does the 

hazel twig dip? 
Thrice round the paddock. Highly, lowly, 

wily, holy, dip, dip, dip ! 
Then neighed the horse in the paddock — and 

lo ! its wings. 
For whoso findeth the SPRING beneath the 

earth maketh the treaders-of-earth to course 

the heavens. 
This SPRING is threefold ; of water, but also 

of steel, and of the seasons. 
Also this PADDOCK is the Toad that hath 

the jewel between his eyes — Aum Mani 

Padmen Hum ! (Keep us from Evil !) 



68 



KEOAAH NA 

EAVES-DROPPINGS 

Five and forty apprentice masons out of work ! 
Fifteen fellow-craftsmen out of work ! 
Three Master Masons out of work ! 
All these sat on their haunches waiting The 

Report of the Sojourner ; for THE WORD 

was lost. 

This is the Report of the Sojourners : THE 

WORD was LOVE ; 23 and its number is 

An Hundred and Eleven. 
Then said each AMO ; 24 for its number is 

An Hundred and Eleven. 
Each took the Trowel from his LAP, 25 whose 

number is An Hundred and Eleven. 
Each called moreover on the Goddess NINA, 26 

for Her number is An Hundred and Eleven. 
Yet with all this went The Work awry ; 

for THE WORD OF THE LAW IS 

0EAHMA. 



69 



KEOAAH NE 
THE DROOPING SUNFLOWER 

The One Thought vanished ; all my mind was 

torn to rags : nay ! nay ! my head was 

mashed into wood pulp, and thereon the 
Daily Newspaper was printed. 

Thus wrote I, since my One Love was torn 
from me. I cannot work : I cannot think : 
I seek distraction here : I seek distraction 
there : but this is all my truth, that / who 
love have lost ; and how may I regain ? 

I must have money to get to America. 

O Mage ! Sage ! Gauge thy Wage, or in the 
Page of Thine Age is written Rage ! 

O my darling ! We should not have spent 
Ninety Pounds in that Three Weeks in 

Paris ! 

Slash the Breaks on thine arm with a pole- 
axe ! 



70 



KEOAAH NF 
TROUBLE WITH TWINS 

Holy, holy, holy, unto Five Hundred and 
Fifty Five times holy be OUR LADY of 
the STARS ! 

Holy, holy, holy, unto One Hundred and 
Fifty Six times holy be OUR LADY that 
rideth upon THE BEAST ! 

Holy, holy, holy, unto the Number of Times 
Necessary and Appropriate be OUR LADY 
Isis in Her Millions-of-Names, All-Mother, 
Genetrix-Meretrix ! 

Yet holier than all These to me is LAYLAH, 
night and death ; for Her do I blaspheme 
alike the finite and The Infinite. 

So wrote not FRATER PERDURABO, but 
the Imp Crowley in his Name. 

For forgery let him suffer Penal Servitude for 
Seven Years ; or at least let him do Prana- 
yama all the way home — home? nay ! but 
to the house of the harlot whom he loveth 
not. For it is LAYLAH that he loveth 



And yet who knoweth which is Crowley, and 
which is FRATER PERDURABO? 



71 



KEOAAH NZ 

THE DUCK-BILLED PLATYPUS 

Dirt is matter in the wrong place. 

Thought is mind in the wrong place. 

Matter is mind ; so thought is dirt. 

Thus argued he, the Wise One, not mindful 

that all place is wrong. 
For not until the PLACE is perfected by a T 

saith he PLACET. 
The Rose uncrucified droppeth its petals ; 

without the Rose the Cross is a dry stick. 
Worship then the Rosy Cross, and the Mystery 

of Two-in-One. 
And worship Him that swore by His holy T 

that One should not be One except in so far 

as it is Two. 
I am glad that LAYLAH is afar ; no doubt 

clouds love. 



72 



KEOAAH NH 
HAGGAI-HOWLINGS 

Haggard am I, an hyaena ; I hunger and howl. 
Men think it laughter — ha ! ha ! ha ! 

There is nothing movable or immovable under 
the firmament of heaven on which I may 
write the symbols of the secret of my soul. 

Yea, though I were lowered by ropes into the 
utmost Caverns and Vaults of Eternity, there 
is no word to express even the first whisper 
of the Initiator in mine ear : yea, I abhor 
birth, ululating lamentations of Night ! 

Agony ! Agony ! the Light within me breeds 
veils ; the song within be dumbness. 

God ! in what prism may any man analyse my 
Light? 

Immortal are the adepts ; and yet they die — 
They die of SHAME unspeakable ; They 
die as the Gods die, for SORROW. 



73 



Wilt thou endure unto The End, O FRATER 
PERDURABO, O Lamp in The Abyss? 
Thou hast the Keystone of the Royal Arch ; 
yet the Apprentices, instead of making bricks, 
put the straws in their hair, and think they 
are Jesus Christ ! 

O sublime tragedy and comedy of THE 
GREAT WORK ! 



74 



KEOAAH N0 

THE TAILLESS MONKEY 

There is no help — but hotch pot ! — in the skies 
When Astacus sees Crab and Lobster rise. 
Man that has spine, and hopes of heaven-to-be, 
Lacks the Amoeba's immortality. 
What protoplasm gains in mobile mirth 
Is loss of the stability of earth. 
Matter and sense and mind have had their day : 
Nature presents the bill, and all must pay. 
If, as I am not, I were free to choose, 
How Buddhahood would battle with The 
Booze ! 

My certainty that destiny is " good " 
Rests on its picking me for Buddhahood. 
Were I a drunkard, I should think I had 
Good evidence that fate was " bloody bad." 



75 



KEOAAH S 



THE WOUND OF AMFORTAS 27 

The Self-mastery of Percivale became the Self- 
mas turbatery of the Bourgeois. 

Vir-tus has become " virture." 

The qualities which have made a man, a race, 
a city, a caste, must be thrown off : death is 
the penalty of failure. As it is written : In 
the hour of success sacrifice that which is 
dearest to thee unto the Infernal Gods ! 

The Englishman lives upon the excrement of 
his forefathers. 

All moral codes are worthless in themselves ; 
yet in every new code there is hope. Pro- 
vided always that the code is not changed 
because it is too hard, but because if is 
fulfilled. 

The dead dog floats with the stream ; in puritan 
France the best women are harlots ; in vicious 
England the best women are virgins. 



76 



If only the Archbishop of Canterbury were to 
go naked in the streets and beg his bread ! 

The new Christ, like the old, is the friend of 
publicans and sinners ; because his nature is 
ascetic. 

O if everyman did No Matter What, provided 
that it is the one thing that he will not and 
cannot do ! 



77 



KEOAAH SA 

THE FOOL'S KNOT 

O Fool ! begetter of both I and Naught, re- 
solve this Naught-y Knot ! 

0 ! Ay ! this I and O— IO !— IAO ! For I 
owe " I " aye to Nibbana's Oe. 28 

1 Pay — Pe, the dissolution of the House of 
God — for Pe comes after O — after Ayin that 
triumphs over Aleph in Ain, that is O. 29 
OP-us, the Work ! the OP-ening of THE 

EYE ! 30 

Thou Naughty Boy, thou openest THE EYE 
OF HORUS to the Blind Eye that weeps ! 31 
The Upright One in thine Uprightness re- 
joiceth — Death to all Fishes ! 32 



78 



KEOAAH SB 
TWIG? 33 

The Phoenix hath a Bell for Sound ; Fire for 

Sight ; a Knife for Touch ; two cakes, one 

for taste, the other for smell. 
He standeth before the Altar of the Universe 

at Sunset, when Earth-life fades. 
He summons the Universe, and crowns it with 

MAGICK Light to replace the sun of natural 

light. 

He prays unto, and give homage to, Ro-Hoor- 

khuit ; to Him he then sacrifices. 
The first cake, burnt, illustrates the profit 

drawn from the scheme of incarnation. 
The second, mixt with his life's blood and 

eaten, illustrates the use of the lower life to 

feed the higher life. 
He then takes the Oath and becomes free — 

unconditioned — the Absolute. 
Burning up in the Flame of his Prayer, and 

born again — the Phoenix ! 



79 



KEOAAH SB 
MARGERY DAW 

I love LAYLAH. 
I lack LAYLAH. 

" Where is the Mystic Grace?" sayest thou? 
Who told thee, man, that LAYLAH is not 

Nuit, and I hadit? 
I destroyed all things ; they are reborn in other 

shapes. 

I gave up all for One ; this One hath given up 

its Unity for all? 
I wrenched DOG backwards to find GOD ; 

now GOD barks. 
Think me not fallen because I love LAYLAH, 

and lack LAYLAH. 
I am the Master of the Universe ; then give 

me a heap of straw in a hut, and LAYLAH 

naked ! Amen. 



80 



KE<t>AAH SA 

CONSTANCY 

I was discussing oysters with a crony : 
GOD sent to me the angels DIN and DONI. 
" An man of spunk," they urged, " would 

hardly choose 
To breakfast every day chez Laperouse." 
" No !" I replied, " he would not do so, BUT 
Think of his woe if Laperouse were shut ! 
" I eat these oysters and I drink this wine 
Solely to drown this misery of mine. 
" Yet the last height of consolation's cold : 
Its pinnacle is — not to be consoled ! 
" And though I sleep with Jane and Eleanor 
I feel no better than I did before, 
" And Julian only fixes in my mind 
Even before feels better than behind. 
" You are Mercurial spirits — be so kind 
As to enable me to raise the wind. 
" Put me in LAYLAH'S arms again : the 

Accurst, 

Leaving me that, elsehow may do his worst." 
DONI and DIN, perceiving me inspired, 
Conceived their task was finished : they retired. 
I turned upon my friend, and, breaking bounds, 
Borrowed a trifle of two hundred pounds. 



81 



KEOAAH SE 
SIC TRANSEAT 

" At last I lifted up mine eyes, and beheld ; 
and lo ! the flames of violet were become as 
tendrils of smoke, as mist at sunset upon the 
marsh-lands. 

" And in the midst of the moon-pool of silver 
was the Lily of white and gold. In this 
Lily is all honey, in this Lily that flowereth 
at the midnight. In this Lily is all perfume ; 
in this Lily is all music. And it enfolded 
me." 

Thus the disciples that watched found a dead 
body kneeling at the altar. Amen ! 



82 



KEOAAH SF 

THE PRAYING MANTIS 

" Say : God is One." This I obeyed : for a 
thousand and one times a night for one 
thousand nights and one did I affirm the 
Unity. 

But " night " only means LAYLAH ; 34 and 
Unity and GOD are not worth even her 
blemishes. 

Al-lah is only sixty-six ; but LAYLAH 
counteth up to Seven and Seventy. 35 

" Yea ! the night shall cover all ; the night 
shall cover all." 



83 



KEOAAH SZ 
SODOM-APPLES 

I have bought pleasant trifles, and thus soothed 

my lack of LAYLAH. 
Light is my wallet, and my heart is also light ; 

and yet I know that the clouds will gather 

closer for the false clearing. 
The mirage will fade ; then will the desert be 

thirstier than before. 
O ye who dwell in the Dark Night of the Soul, 

beware most of all of every herald of the 

Dawn ! 

O ye who dwell in the City of the Pyramids 
beneath the Night of PAN, remember that 
ye shall see no more light but That of the 
great fire that shall consume your dust to 
ashes ! 



84 



KE<t>AAH SH 
MANNA 

At four o'clock there is hardly anybody in 

Rumpelmayer's. 
I have my choice of place and service ; the 

babble of the apes will begin soon enough. 
" Pioneers, O Pioneers !" 

Sat not Elijah under the Juniper-tree, and 
wept? 

Was not Mohammed forsaken in Mecca, and 
Jesus in Gethsemane? 

These prophets were sad at heart ; but the 
chocolate at Rumpelmayer's is great, and 
the Mousse Noix is like Nepthys for per- 
fection. 

Also there are little meringues with cream and 
chestnut-pulp, very velvety seductions. 

Sail I not toward LAYLAH within seven days? 

Be not sad at heart, O prophet ; the babble of 
the apes will presently begin. 

Nay, rejoice exceedingly ; for after all the 
babble of the apes the Silence of the Night. 



85 



KE<J>AAH S0 

THE WAY TO SUCCEED— AND THE 
WAY TO SUCK EGGS ! 

This is the Holy Hexagram. 
Plunge from the height, O God, and interlock 
with Man ! 

Plunge from the height, O Man, and interlock 
with Beast ! 

The Red Triangle is the descending tongue of 
grace ; the Blue Triangle is the ascending 
tongue of prayer 

This Interchange, the Double Gift of Tongues, 
the Word of Double Power— ABRAHA- 
DABRA !— is the sign of the GREAT 
WORK, for the GREAT WORK is ac- 
complished in Silence. And behold is not 
that Word equal to Cheth, that is Cancer, 
whose Sigil is 25? 

This Work also eats up itself, accomplishes its 
own end, nourishes the worker, leaves no 
seed, is perfect in itself. 

Little children, love one another ! 



86 



KEOAAH O 
BROOMSTICK-BABBLINGS 

FRATER PERDURABO is of the Sanhedrim 
of the Sabbath, say men ; He is the Old 
Goat himself, say women. 

Therefore do all adore him ; the more they 
detest him the more do they adore him. 

Ay ! let us offer the Obscene Kiss ! 

Let us seek the Mystery of the Gnarled Oak, 
and of the Glacier Torrent ! 

To Him let us offer up our babes ! Around 
Him let us dance in the mad moonlight ! 

But FRATER PERDURABO is nothing but 
AN EYE ; what eye none knoweth. 

Skip, witches ! Hop, toads ! Take your plea- 
sure ! — for the play of the Universe is the 
pleasure of FRATER PERDURABO. 



87 



KEOAAH OA 

KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL 

For mind and body alike there is no purgative 
like Pranayama, no purgative like Prana- 
yama. 

For mind, for body, for mind and body alike — 
alike ! — there is, there is, there is no purga- 
tive, no purgative like Pranayama — Prana- 
yama ! — Pranayama ! yea, for mind and body 
alike there is no purgative, no purgative, no 
purgative (for mind and body alike !) no 
purgative, purgative, purgative like Prana- 
yama, no purgative for mind and body alike, 
like Pranayama, like Pranayama, like Prana 
— Prana — Prana — Prana — Pranayama ! — 
Pranayama ! 

AMEN. 



88 



KEOAAH OB 
HASHED PHEASANT 

Shemhamphorash ! all hail, divided Name ! 

Utter it once, O mortal over- rash ! — 
The Universe were swallowed up in flame 

— Shemhamphorash ! 

Nor deem that thou amid the cosmic crash 
May find one thing of all those things the 
same ! 

The world has gone to everlasting smash. 

No ! if creation did possess an aim 
(It does not.) it were only to make hash 

Of that most " high " and that most holy game, 
Shemhamphorash ! 



89 



KEOAAH Or 

THE DEVIL, THE OSTRICH, AND 
THE ORPHAN CHILD 

Death rides the Camel of Initiation. 36 

Thou humped and stiff-necked one that groanest 

in Thine Asana, death will relieve thee ! 
Bite not, Zelator dear, but bide ! Ten days 

didst thou go with water in thy belly? Thou 

shalt go twenty more with a firebrand at thy 

rump ! 

Ay ! all thine aspiration is to death : death is 
the crown of all thine aspiration. Triple is 
the cord of silver moonlight ; it shall hang 
thee, O Holy One, O Hanged Man, O 
Camel-Termination-of-the-third-person- 
plural for thy multiplicity, thou Ghost of a 
Non-Ego ! 

Could but Thy mother behold thee, O thou 
UNT !37 

The Infinite Snake Ananta that surroundeth 
the Universe is but the Coffin- Worm ! 



90 



KE<t>AAH OA 



CAREY STREET 

When NOTHING became conscious, it made 

a bad bargain. 
This consciousness acquired individuality : a 

worse bargain. 
The Hermit asked for love ; worst bargain of 

all. 

And now he has let his girl go to America, to 

have " success " in " life " : blank loss. 
Is there no end to this immortal ache 
That haunts me, haunts me sleeping or awake? 
If I had Laylah, how could I forget 
Time, Age, and Death? Insufferable fret ! 
Were I an hermit, how could I support 
The pain of consciousness, the curse of 
thought? 

Even were I THAT, there still were 

one sore spot — 
The Abyss that stretches between THAT 

and NOT. 

Still, the first step is not so far away : — 
The Mauretania sails on Saturday ! 



91 



KEOAAH OE 
PLOVERS' EGGS 38 

Spring beans and strawberries are in : good- 
bye to the oyster ! 

If I really knew what I wanted, I could give 
up Laylah, or give up everything for Laylah. 

But " what I want " varies from hour to hour. 

This wavering is the root of all compromise, 
and so of all good sense. 

With this gift a man can spend his seventy 
years in peace. 

Now is this well or ill? 

Emphasise gift, then man, then spend, then 
seventy years, and lastly peace, and change the 
intonations — each time reverse the meaning ! 

I would show you how ; but — for the moment ! 

— I prefer to think of Laylah. 



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KEOAAH OF 
PHAETON 

No. 
Yes. 

Perhaps. 
O ! 
Eye. 
I. 

Hi ! 

Y? 

No. 

Hail ! all ye spavined, gelded, hamstrung 
horses ! 

Ye shall surpass the planets in their courses. 
How? Not by speed, nor strength, nor power 
to stay, 

But by the Silence that succeeds the Neigh ! 



93 



KEOAAH OZ 

THE SUBLIME AND SUPREME SEP- 
TENARY IN ITS MATURE MAGICAL 
MANIFESTATION THROUGH MAT- 
TER : AS IT IS WRITTEN : AN HE- 
GOAT ALSO 

Laylah. 



KEOAAH OH 

WHEEL AND— WO A ! 

The Great Wheel of Samsara. 
The Wheel of the Law [Dhamma]. 
The Wheel of the Taro. 
The Wheel of the Heavens. 
The Wheel of Life. 

All these Wheels be one ; yet of all these the 
Wheel of the TARO alone avails thee con- 
sciously. 

Meditate long and broad and deep, O man, 
upon this Wheel, revolving it in thy mind ! 

Be this thy task, to see how each card springs 
necessarily from each other card, even in 
due order from The Fool unto The Ten of 
Coins. 

Then, when thou know'st the Wheel of Destiny 
complete, mayst thou perceive THAT Will 
which moved it first. [There is no first or 
last.] 

And lo ! thou art past through the Abyss. 



95 



KEOAAH O0 

THE BAL BULLIER 

Some men look into their minds into their 
memories, and find naught but pain and 
shame. 

These then proclaim " The Good Law " unto 
mankind. 

These preach renunciation, " virtue ", cowardice 

in every form. 
These whine eternally. 

Smug, toothless, hairless Coote, debauch-emas- 
culated Buddha, come ye to me? I have a 
trick to make you silent, O ye foamers-at- 
the mouth ! 

Nature is wasteful ; but how well She can 
afford it ! 

Nature is false ; but I'm a bit of a liar myself. 
Nature is useless ; but then how beautiful she is ! 
Nature is cruel ; but I too am a Sadist. 
The game goes on ; it may have been too rough 

for Buddha, but it's (if anything) too dull 

for me. 

Viens, beau negre ! Donne-moi tes levres 
encore ! 



96 



KEOAAH n 

BLACKTHORN 

The price of existence is eternal warfare. 39 
Speaking as an Irishman, I prefer to say : The 

price of eternal warfare is existence. 
And melancholy as existence is, the price is 

well worth paying. 
Is there is a Government? then I'm agin it ! To 

Hell with the bloody English ! 
" O FRATER PERDURABO, how unworthy 

are these sentiments ! " 
" D'ye want a clip on the jaw? " 40 



97 



KEOAAH nA 
LOUIS LINGG 

I am not an Anarchist in your sense of the 
word : your brain is too dense for any known 
explosive to affect it. 

I am not an Anarchist in your sense of the 
word : fancy a Policeman let loose on Society ! 

While there exists the burgess, the hunting 
man, or any man with ideals less than 
Shelley's and self-discipline less than Loyola's 
— in short, any man who falls far short of 
MYSELF — I am against Anarchy, and for 
Feudalism. 

Every " emancipator " has enslaved the free. 



98 



KEOAAH FIB 
BORTSCH 

Witch-moon that turnest all the streams to 
blood, 

I take this hazel rod, and stand, and swear 
An Oath-beneath this blasted Oak and bare 
That rears its agony above the flood 
Whose swollen mask mutters an atheist's 
prayer. 

What oath may stand the shock of this offence : 
" There is no I, no joy, no permanence "? 

Witch-moon of blood, eternal ebb and flow 
Of baffled birth, in death still lurks a change ; 
And all the leopards in thy woods that range, 

And all the vampires in their boughs that glow, 
Brooding on blood-thirst-these are not so 
strange 

And fierce as life's unfailing shower. These die, 
Yet time rebears them through eternity. 



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Hear then the Oath, witch-moon of blood, 
dread moon ! 
Let all thy stryges and thy ghouls attend ! 
He that endureth even to the end 
Hath sworn that Love's own corpse shall lie 
at noon 

Even in the coffin of its hopes, and spend 
All the force won by its old woe and stress 
In now annihilating Nothingness. 

This chapter is called Imperial Purple 
and A Punic War. 



100 



keoaah nr 

THE BLIND PIG 41 

Many becomes two : two one : one Naught. 

What comes to Naught? 
What ! shall the Adept give up his hermit life, 

and go eating and drinking and making 

merry? 

Ay ! shall he not do so? he knows that the 
Many is Naught ; and having Naught, en- 
joys that Naught even in the enjoyment of 
the Many. 

For when Naught becomes Absolute Naught, 
it becomes again the Many. 

Any this Many and this Naught are identical ; 
they are not correlatives or phases of some 
one deeper Absence-of-Idea ; they are not 
aspects of some further Light : they are 
They ! 

Beware, O my brother, lest this chapter de- 
ceive thee ! 



101 



KEOAAH nA 
THE AVALANCHE 

Only through devotion to FRATER PER- 
DURABO may this book be understood. 

How much more then should He devote Him- 
self to AIWASS for the understanding of 
the Holy Books of 0EAHMA? 

Yet must he labour underground eternally. 
The sun is not for him, nor the flowers, nor 
the voices of the birds ; for he is past beyond 
all these. Yea, verily, oft-times he is weary ; 
it is well that the weight of the Karma of 
the Infinite is with him. 

Therefore is he glad indeed ; for he hath finished 
THE WORK ; and the reward concerneth 
him no whit. 



102 



KEOAAH FIE 
BORBORYGMI 

I distrust any thoughts uttered by any man 

whose health is not robust. 
All other thoughts are surely symptoms of 

disease. 

Yet these are often beautiful, and may be true 
within the circle of the conditions of the 
speaker. 

And yet again ! Do we not find that the most 
robust of men express no thoughts at all? 
They eat, drink, sleep, and copulate in 
silence. 

What better proof of the fact that all thought 
is dis-ease? 

We are Strassburg geese ; the tastiness of our 
talk comes from the disorder of our bodies. 

We like it ; this only proves that our tastes 
also are depraved and debauched by our 
disease. 



103 



KEOAAH TIF 
TAT 

Ex nihilo N. I. H. I. L. fit. 

N. the Fire that twisteth itself and burneth 

like a scorpion. 
I. the unsullied ever-flowing water. 

H. the interpenetrating Spirit, without and 
within. Is not its name ABRAHADABRA? 

I. the unsullied ever-flowing air. 
L. the green fertile earth. 

Fierce are the Fires of the Universe, and on 
their daggers they hold aloft the bleeding 
heart of earth. 

Upon the earth lies water, sensuous and sleepy. 

Above the water hangs air ; and above air, but 
also below fire-and in all-the fabric of all 
being woven on Its invisible design, is 
AI0HP 



104 



KEOAAH nZ 
MANDARIN-MEALS 

There is a dish of sharks' fins and of sea-slug, 
well set in birds' nests ... oh ! 

Also there is a souffle most exquisite of Chow- 
Chow. 

These did I devise. 

But I have never tasted anything to match the 




which she gave me before She went away. 
March 22, 1912. E. V. 



105 



KEOAAH EM 

GOLD BRICKS 

Teach us Your secret, Master ! yap my Yahoos. 
Then for the hardness of their hearts, and for 

the softness of their heads, I taught them 

Magick. 
But alas ! 

Teach us Your real secret, Master ! how to 
become invisible, how to acquire love, and 
oh ! beyond all, how to make gold. 

But how much gold will you give me for the 
Secret of Infinite Riches? 

Then said the foremost and most foolish ; 
Master, it is nothing ; but here is an hundred 
thousand pounds. 

This did I deign to accept, and whispered in 
his ear this secret : 

A SUCKER IS BORN EVERY MINUTE. 



106 



KEOAAH 110 

UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT 

I am annoyed about the number 89. 

I shall avenge myself by writing nothing in 

this chapter. 
That, too, is wise ; for since I am annoyed, I 

could not write even a reasonably decent lie. 



107 



KEOAAH P 
STARLIGHT 

Behold ! I have lived many years, and I have 
travelled in every land that is under the 
dominion of the Sun, and I have sailed the 
seas from pole to pole. 

Now do I lift up my voice and testify that all 
is vanity on earth, except the love of a good 
woman, and that good woman LAYLAH. 
And I testify that in heaven all is vanity 
(for I have journeyed oft, and sojourned oft, 
in every heaven), except the love of OUR 
LADY BABALON. And I testify that 
beyond heaven and earth is the love of OUR 
LADY NUIT. 

And seeing that I am old and well stricken in 
years, and that my natural forces fail, there- 
fore do I rise up in my throne and call upon 
THE END. 

For I am youth eternal and force infinite. 

And at THE END is SHE that was LAY- 
LAH, and BABALON, and NUIT, 
being 



108 



KEOAAH PA 
THE HEIKLE 

A. M. E. N. 



109 



NOTES 



1. Silence. Nuit, O ; Hadit ; Ra-Hoor-Khuit, I. 

2. The Unbroken, absorbing all, is called Darkness. 

3. Fourteen letters. Quid Voles Illud Fac. Q.V.I. F. 

196=142. 

4. They cause all men to worship it. 

5. Masters of the Temple, whose grade has the mystic 

number 6 (=1+2+3). 

6. These are not eight, as apparent ; for Lao-tze 

counts as 0. 

7. The legend of " Christ " is only a corruption and 

perversion of other legends. Especially of 
Dionysus : compare the account of Christ before 
Herod/ Pilate in the Gospels, and of Dionysus 
before Pentheus in the Bacchae. 

8. O, the last letter of Perdurabo, is Naught. 

9. 2001 = 11 £(1-13). The Petals of the Sahasrara- 

cakkra. 

10. JOY=101, the Egg of Spirit in equilibrium between 

the Pillars of the Temple. 

1 1 . This chapter must be read in connection with 

Wagner's " Parsifal." 

12. 0=V£, "The Devil of the Sabbath." U=8, the 

Hierophant or Redeemer. T=Strength, the 
Lion. 

13. T, manhood, the sign of the cross or phallus. 

UT, the Holy Guardian Angel ; UT, the first 
syllable of Udgita, see the Upanishads. O, No- 
thing or Nuit. 



Ill 



14. The secret sense of these words is to be sought in 

the numberation thereof. 

15. In nature the Tortoise has 6 members at angles 

of 60°. 

16. I.e. the truth that he hath slept. 

17. His initials I. B. M. are the initials of the Three 

Pillars of the Temple, and add to 52, 13X4, BN, 
the Son. 

18. This chapter was written to clarify xecp-i8, of which 

it was the origin. FRATER PERDURABO 
perceived this truth, or rather the first half of 
it, comedy, at breakfast at " Au Chien qui 
Fume." 

19. HIMOG is a Notariqon of the words Holy Illumi- 

nated Man of God. 

20. I.e. food suitable for Americans. 

2 1 . Turbulence is here specially used to suggest " tour- 

billon." 

22. " The mome raths outgrabe." — Lewis Carroll. 

But " mome " is Parisian slang for a young girl, 
and " rathe " O. E. for early. " The rathe prim- 
rose." — Milton. 

23. L=30, O=70, V=6, E=5=lll. 

24. A=l, M=40, 0=70=111. 

25. The trowel is shaped like a diamond or Yoni. 

L=30, A=l, P=80=lll 
26 N=50, 1=10, N=50, A=l = lll. 

27. Chapter so called because Amfortas was wounded 

by his own spear, the spear that had made him 
king. 

28. Oe=Island, a common symbol of Nibbana. 

29. rXAin. TO Ay in. 

30. Scil. of Shiva. 

31 . Cf. Bagh-i-Muattar for all this symbolism. 

32. Death=Nun, the letter before O, means a fish, a 

symbol of Christ, and also by its shape the Female 
principle. 



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33. Twig? =dost thou understand? Also the Phoenix 

takes twigs to kindle the fire in which it burns 
itself. 

34. Laylah is the Arabic for night. 

35. 411= 1+30 + 30 + 5 = 66. L+A+I + L+A+H = 77, 

which also gives MZL, the Influence of the 
Highest, OZ, a goat, and so on. 

36. Death is said by the Arabs to ride a Camel. The 

Path of Gimel (which means a Camel) leads from 
Tiphareth to Kether, and its Tarot trump is the 
" High Priestess." 

37. UNT, Hindustani for Camel. I.e. Would that 

BABALON might look on thee with favour. 

38. These eggs being speckled, resemble the wandering 

mind referred to. 

39. ISVD, the foundation scil. of the universe=80=P, 

the letter of Mars. 

40. P also means " a mouth." 

41 . 7iy=PG=Pig without an I=Blind Pig. 



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PRO AND CON TENTS 

o o 



0 




23. 


Skidoo ! 


1. 


The Sabbath of the 


24. 


The Hawk and the 




Goat 




Blindworm 


2. 


The Cry of the Hawk. 


25. 


THE STAR RUBY. 


3. 


The Oyster. 


26. 


The Elephant and the 


4. 


Peaches. 




Tortoise. 


5. 


The Battle of the 


27. 


The Sorcerer. 




Ants. 


28. 


The Pole-Star 


6. 


Caviar. 


29. 


The Southern Cross. 


7. 


The Dinosaurs. 


30. 


John-a-Dreams . 


8. 


Steeped Horsehair. 


31. 


The Garotte. 


9. 


The Branks. 


32. 


The Mountaineer. 


10. Windle straws 


33. 


BAPHOMET. 


11. 


The Glow- Worm. 


34. 


The Smoking Dog. 


12. 


The Dragon-Flies. 


35. 


Venus of Milo. 


13. 


Pilgrim -Talk. 


36. 


THE STAR SAP- 


14. 


Onion-Peelings . 




PHIRE. 


15. 


The Gun-Barrel. 


37. 


Dragons. 


16. The Stag-Beetle. 


38. 


Lambskin. 


17. 


The Swan. 


39. 


The Looby. 


18. 


Dewdrops. 


40. 


The HIMOG. 


19. 


The Leopard and the 


41. 


Corn Beef Hash. 




Deer. 


42. 


Dust-Devils. 


20. 


Samson. 


43. 


Mulberry Tops. 


21. 


The Blind Webster. 


44. 


THE MASS OF 


22. The Despot. 




THE PHOENIX. 



115 



45. Chinese Music. 


72. 


Hashed Pheasant. 


46. Buttons and Rosettes. 


73. The Devil, The Os- 


47. Windmill- Words. 




trich, and the Or- 


48. Mome Raths. 




phan Child. 


49. WARATAH-BLOS- 


74. 


Carey Street. 


SOMS. 


75. Plover's Eggs. 


50. The Vigil of St. Hu- 


76. 


Phaeton. 


bert. 


77. THE SUBLIME 


51. Terrier Work. 




AND SUPREME 


52. The Bull-Baiting. 




SEPTENARY 


53. The Dowser. 




IN ITS MA- 


54. Eaves-Droppings. 




TURE MAGI- 


55. The Drooping Sun- 




CAL MANI- 


flower. 




FESTATION 


56. Trouble with Twins. 




THROUGH 


57. The Duck - Billed 




MATTER : AS 


Platypus 




IT IS WRITTEN : 


58. Haggai-Howlings. 




AN HE-GOAT 


59. The Tailless Monkey. 




ALSO. 


60. The Wound of Am- 


78. 


Wheel and — Woa ! 


fortas. 


79. 


The Bal Bullier. 


61. The Fool's Knot. 


80. 


Blackthorn. 


62. Twig? 


81. 


Louis Lingg. 


63. Margery Daw. 


82. 


Bortsch : also Im- 


64. Constancy. 




perial Purple (and 


65. Sic Transeat 




A PUNIC WAR). 


66. The Praying Mantis. 


83. 


The Blind Pig. 


67. Sodom-Apples. 


84. 


The Avalanche. 


68. Manna. 


85. 


Borborygmi. 


69. The Way to Succeed 


86. TAT. 


— and the Way to 


87. 


Mandarin-Meals. 


Suck Eggs ! 


88. 


Gold Bricks. 


70. Broomstick-Bab- 


89. 


Unprofessional Con- 


blings. 




duct. 


71. King's College 


90. 


Starlight. 


Chapel. 


91. 


The Heikle. 


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